The No. 2 seed North Carolina Central Eagles (18-11, 10-4 MEAC) square off in the MEAC Tournament against the No. 3 seed Norfolk State Spartans (21-10, 9-5 MEAC) on Friday at Norfolk Scope, starting at 8:30 PM.
The Spartans square off against the Eagles in a game that Norfolk State is currently a slim favorite by 1 points. The matchup’s point total is 136.5.
Norfolk State vs. North Carolina Central Odds
Point Spread for Norfolk State vs. North Carolina Central
The spread for this matchup is set at 1 point, with sportsbooks listing Norfolk State as the favorite.
Norfolk State vs. North Carolina Central Moneyline
As for the moneyline, Norfolk State has -118 odds to pick up the win, while North Carolina Central is listed at -104 to claim victory.
Finally, the total for the game is set at 136.5 points.
Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Friday, March 10, 2023
- Game Time: 8:30 PM ET
- TV Channel: ESPN+
- Location: Norfolk, Virginia
- Arena: Norfolk Scope
Norfolk State vs. North Carolina Central Betting Trends
Against the spread, Norfolk State is 14-11-1 this season. The Spartans have come away with 16 wins in the 20 contests they have been listed as the favorites in this season. Norfolk State’s games this year have eclipsed the over/under 17 times in 25 opportunities (68%).
North Carolina Central has played 25 games, with 15 wins, against the spread. The Eagles are 2-9 in games they were the underdog on the moneyline (winning 18.2% of those games). North Carolina Central’s games this year have gone over the point total 13 times in 25 opportunities (52%).
Norfolk State vs. North Carolina Central Key Players to Watch
Kris Bankston leads his team in rebounds per game (7.2), and also puts up 14.3 points and 1 assists. At the other end, he delivers 1 steal and 1.6 blocked shots. Caheim Brown is putting up 11.2 points, 3 assists and 4.3 rebounds per contest. Dana Tate posts 10 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists per contest. At the other end, he puts up 0.6 steals and 0.2 blocked shots.
North Carolina Central
Justin Wright is posting team highs in points (16.2 per game) and assists (2.1). And he is contributing 5.1 rebounds, making 47.5% of his shots from the floor and 42.2% from beyond the arc, with 1.2 triples per contest. Brendan Medley-Bacon is the Eagles’ top rebounder (5.6 per game), and he averages 12.1 points and 0.8 assists. Eric Boone is putting up a team-high 5.3 assists per game. And he is contributing 7.4 points and 4.6 rebounds, making 40.6% of his shots from the field. The Eagles get 10 points, 5.4 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game from Kris Monroe.
What you need to know about the Norfolk State Spartans
Norfolk State has covered eight times in 15 chances against the spread in conference action this season. With 76.3 points per game on offense, the Spartans are 70th in college basketball. On defense, they allow 68.8 points per contest, which ranks 142nd in college basketball. With 33.1 rebounds per game, Norfolk State ranks 97th in the country. It gives up 28.3 rebounds per contest, which ranks 33rd in college basketball.
Norfolk State is making 7 three-pointers per game (222nd-ranked in college basketball). It has a 34.2% shooting percentage (178th-ranked) from beyond the arc. The Spartans have found it difficult to defend three-pointers, ranking ninth-worst in college basketball with 9.2 threes allowed per game. They rank 252nd by allowing a 34.8% three-point percentage to opponents this season.
The Spartans are 7-2-1 against the spread and 7-3 overall in their last 10 contests. Seven of Norfolk State’s last 10 games have hit the over. Norfolk State has seen an uptick in scoring recently, racking up 77 points per game in its last 10 outings, 0.7 points more than the 76.3 it has scored this year. Norfolk State’s defense has been tough as of late, as the team has allowed 68.7 points per game during its past 10 compared to the 68.8 points per game its opponents average on the season.
What you need to know about the North Carolina Central Eagles
North Carolina Central has put together a 7-7-1 ATS record so far this year in conference action. The Eagles score 76 points per game and give up 65.7, making them 78th in college basketball on offense and 58th defensively. North Carolina Central grabs 32.7 rebounds per game and concede 28.3 boards, ranking 118th and 33rd, respectively, in college basketball.
In 2022-23, North Carolina Central is 194th in college basketball in 3-point makes (7.3 per game) and 89th in 3-point percentage (35.9%). In 2022-23 the Eagles are 51st in the country in 3-pointers conceded (6.2 per game) and 22nd-best in defensive 3-point percentage (30.4%).
The Eagles have gone 8-2 over their past 10 contests, with a 5-4-1 record against the spread in that span. In its past 10 contests, North Carolina Central has gone over the total four times. While North Carolina Central is scoring 76 points per game in 2022-23, it has fallen short of that in its previous 10 games, producing 74.4 points per contest. The Eagles have fared better defensively in their previous 10 games, giving up 64.2 points per contest, 1.5 fewer points than their season average of 65.7 allowed.
Norfolk State vs. North Carolina Central Prediction & Pick
Our pick to win this game is North Carolina Central, and we project that North Carolina Central will cover the spread (Norfolk State -1). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 136.5 points.
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